Ben Zhong Tang is a chair professor of chemistry at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST, Kowloon). His research interests include polymer chemistry and materials science. His research group is working on the creation of new molecules and polymers with novel structures and unique properties with implications for high-tech applications.
Tang received his B.S. degree from South China University of Technology (Guangzhou) and his Ph.D. from Kyoto University. He conducted postdoctoral research at University of Toronto and worked as a senior scientist in the central laboratory of NEOS Corp. (Shiga, Japan). He joined the Department of Chemistry at HKUST as an assistant professor in July 1994 and was promoted to chair professor in 2008. He was elected to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2009.
Tang is listed by Institute for Scientific Information as a “Most Cited Scientist”. He received a Natural Science Award from the Chinese Government and a Senior Research Fellowship Award from the Croucher Foundation in 2007. He is currently serving as editor-in-chief of Royal Society of Chemistry Polymer Chemistry Series and editor of Polymer Bulletin (Springer).